Streamer Broadcasts UFC Pay-Per-View Over Twitch by Pretending to "Play" the Fight

Streamer Broadcasts UFC Pay-Per-View Over Twitch by Pretending to "Play" the Fight

Saturday night's alright for a fake fight.

When you were a kid, did you ever pretend to "play" a TV show with your joystick or controller while your parents watched the news or whatever? I did. That's what happens when you have an insatiable love for video games but grow up in a house that has one TV.

But in these modern times, pretending to play a game can wind up being a big favor for a lot of people you've never met. American game streamer AJ Lester successfully broadcast Saturday night's UFC 218 fight by pretending to "play" the stream, complete with button-pressing and complaints about how he should have "blocked that" whenever a hit connected. Lester's portrait was even tucked away in the bottom right-hand corner of the feed.

Lester's feed exploded with the broadcast, and added a few thousand new followers to his previous count of 2000—a number that stagnated for about five years, Lester claimed on a follow-up Fortnite stream.

Lester answered several questions about his newfound fame in the follow-up stream. So far, he hasn't been contacted by Twitch or UFC, and he's not too worried about repercussions. The video's no longer available on his Twitch channel, however.

This isn't the first time Twitch has been used to stream broadcasts illegally; as Eurogamer points out, sporting events like Premier League soccer matches often wind up on the service. People will also generally do strange things to circumvent copyright protection when uploading videos. There was a short time when people got away with uploading entire movies to YouTube by splicing in brief clips from unrelated cartoons and whatnot. Watching "Little Shop of Horrors Meets Winnie the Pooh" was jarring, but hey, it was free.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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